Seven drops Saul Shtein as head of sport

In James Warburton’s first big move since taking the CEO position in August, Seven’s head of sport Saul Shtein has left the network after 15 years.

A Seven spokesperson confirmed the news, saying the business thanked Shtein for his work with the company and that an announcement regarding the future of the role would be made in due course.

Shtein has been made redundant after 15 years with Seven

“We’re very grateful for all his service over the last 15 years with the network,” a Seven spokesperson said.

Shtein’s departure comes as Seven gears up for the AFL Grand Final next week and prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

It’s thought Shtein’s departure is a redundancy, and one of many changes expected to come under Warburton who said during the Seven West Media FY19 results investor call the network was seeking to ‘revitalise its programming’.

Shtein has been in the broadcast industry for 40 years, first with Nine before leaving for Fox Sports where he spent 9 years. During his time with Seven, the broadcaster’s sports offering has included the AFL, several Olympics, horse racing, rugby, tennis and cricket.

Speaking this week on the Mumbrellacast, Seven’s chief revenue officer Kurt Burnette said sport was an important part of Seven’s slate and would continue to be so for the coming years.

Warburton took the helm at Seven in August, after the departure of longtime CEO Tim Worner.


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